Human sacrifice sounds like a cruel and barbaric way of behavior. Children as well as adults of both genders have been victims. However, the act itself has been practiced throughout cultures on every continent for thousands of years--and it has been glorified in the process.
Jonathan Swift, in creating the character of Lemuel Gulliver and his fantastic voyages, used satire to chastise the human race's views of superiority. Swift used direct social encounters with beings who were either tiny in size or as large as trees, the absent-mindedness and illusions of scientific experimentation, and finally, a reversal of intelligence within the family of higher mammals. In this way, Swift lets readers see the barbaric and grotesque qualities of Mankind. The voyages of Gulliver are a testimony in the ridicule of social roles to demonstrate the heights and depths of the potential of our species.